Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

3.74 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The MTB trails are on the NW end of the Sanctuary, right across from the Turkey Creek "Ho Chi Minh" MTB trail. There are lots of bridges, switchbacks, tight turns, a few jumps (nothing spectacular), and some great scenery. If you get on the horse trails, you will find a lot of sugar sand. A great wrorkout that you can get some speed on. --

Future home of the South Region Management and Education Center, the variety of habitats found on the 395-acre Malabar Scrub Sanctuary make it an ideal place for visitors to learn how wetland and upland communities interact. The protected habitats include xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, ponds, sloughs, and depression marshes. Trails weave through many of these natural communities, including several areas recently treated with prescribed fires. Fire is a natural factor in many of Florida’s ecosystems, and hikers will be amazed at the lush, green regrowth in areas that were burned only a short time ago. The sanctuary is a refuge for the Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise, and Eastern indigo snake. All these species benefit from controlled burns. Restrooms are available at the adjacent Malabar Community Park.
Size: 395 acres
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: What is the park address? -Jeff Barber

A: No address is given that I can see but the fire stations address is 1840 Malabar Rd, Malabar, FL 32950

Back-N-Black answered on May 11, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: The most civil is at Malabar Park off of Malabar rd and Malabar Woods Blvd, Behind the fire station. There you will find ball fields and a nice restroom. The trailhead starts east and west just on the other side of the gate on Malabar Woods Blvd. -Back-N-Black

A: No address is given that I can see but the fire stations address is 1840 Malabar Rd, Malabar, FL 32950

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Reviews (22)

Granny Gear

December 31, 2018
Review: I enjoy riding this section. Not a bad way to gain extra miles. Also allows for my children's competitive nature to come out. They range from 8yrs to 15yrs and ask when can we ride the trail again. Definitely a win win!!!


April 6, 2018
Wryfox Gramcounter  
Review: Reviewed this 6 yrs ago! So now for 2018 I'll update. This is a big long trail (if you do it all probably 15miles). You can park on Briar Creek Rd at Northwest entrance, or at Malabar Woods blvd for South entrance. Its basically open scrub terrain with a few hollows and palm groves. Very out for tortoise and snakes. It is mostly open so will be hot in summer...bring enough water as its about 2hrs around at a leisurely pace. Connects with Turkey Creek trail at northwest entrance on Briar Creek rd. Beginner to Int. Advanced riders go to Grapefruit Trail nearby..

Similar Trail: Turkey Creek


June 16, 2017
Review: The recent rain has help with the traction in the sandy sections. A nice trail with good scenery.


March 16, 2016
Review: My wife and i visited this trail while in Melbourne. Combined with the Turkey Creek trail it was a nice ride to get us back in shape after the winter. Relatively flat with some roots and some loose sand due to dry conditions. I showed about 2 1/2 miles on this loop but we combined it with Turkey Creek and the Cameron connector for about 7 miles.

Bunny Hop

September 9, 2014
Review: I ride this trail along with Turkey Creek and the Cameron Wildlife Preserve trails three to four times a week. They all run together. They aren't the greatest trails around but are not bad for the area. While not technical due to elevation and geographic features the roots will challenge your bike handling ability. We do group rides at and have a weekly ride here on Monday evenings

Similar Trail: Cameron, Turkey Creek


June 19, 2014
Review: Malabar Scrub West is more complex and varied than Malabar East... and much more fun. So my review is really for West. Some tight jungle like areas, open scrub pine and palmetto areas (watch the palmetto roots often hidden by vegetation, they can take you down). There are also some bridges across creeks and wetland areas plus a few log hops / ramps. Fun stuff. Gets really tight in places, so get used to riding thru outreaching palmetto branches and various bushes, but nothing that bad and kind of adds to the experience.

The Malabar East loop is really kind of non-nondescript... flat and sandy for the most part. I would rate it a 2. But West is great. A real Florida trail ride experience.

You can make a great morning by riding all the trails there together... Turkey Creek, Malabar West, Cameron Preserve, and Malabar East. Sand really isn't an issue overall... Malabar East seems to have most of it.


November 2, 2013
Review: Malabar Scrub Sanctuary is just 1 trail section of the Turkey Creek Sanctuary/Cameron Wildlife Preserve/Malabar Scrub trail network. It, in itself, is ~4-6 miles (the full network of trails is ~10 miles) and is comprised of multiple trails. I absolutely love this trail system. It's well maintained, great cardio exercise, and is fun to ride. I ride the whole trail system (~10 miles) multiple times a week during the season!

Similar Trail: Cameron Wildlife Preserve and Turkey Creek Sanctuary


April 19, 2013
Review: The last year has been great seeing the new trails come in. The land managers have finally seen the value of quality trails. Keep up the good work.

Granny Gear

March 4, 2013
Review: I have been riding these trails a lot the last couple months and each week the sand areas are getting larger, deeper and more frequent. Both here and across the street at Turkey Creek the sand is getting worse and worse. The blue trail has the least amount but on the red and yellow it's almost not worth it anymore. Just a warning to anyone who hasn't been here in a while. There are still some fun sections but you're going to get into sand if you are wanting to ride the entire area.

February 28, 2013
Review: Haven't been back here since last March, but what a change! New trail everywhere! I did 14 miles and don't think I covered it all. Some is brand new so a little slower at times but if you dig florida scrub and wildlife, and really want to feel like your out in the middle of nature, this is for you. Started at Turkey Creek as last time and zipped 50ft across road to get to Malabar Scrub. Easy to do both. It's all basically beginner unless you have a hard time with sand, which is extensive throughout. Great workout.

Similar Trail: Spruce Creek

Malabar Scrub Sanctuary MTB Trail 3.74 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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